How to Host a Backyard Hot Dog Bash
Did you know July is National Hot Dog Month? We’re not at all surprised since the entire month seems to be filled with cookouts, carnivals, sporting events and fairs (all of which hot dogs are typically consumed). In celebration, we thought it’d be super fun to throw a backyard bash featuring this delicious grill staple! But, before we get into that, we wanted to do a little digging on hot dogs…
With how popular hot dogs are, have you ever thought about how many are eaten in a year?
- According to a recent survey by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans purchase 350 million pounds of hot dogs at grocery stores – that’s 9 billion hot dogs!
- The actual number of hot dogs consumed by Americans is probably much larger since many hot dogs may be eaten at sporting events, carnivals, fairs, etc.
- The Council estimates Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year – more than twice the retail sales figures.
- That works out to about 70 hot dogs per person each year!
- Hot dogs are served in 95 percent of homes in the U.S.
Before you plan your hot dog bash, let’s go over the basics:
– The bread/buns: plain hot dog buns, potato hot dog rolls, Kaiser rolls, brioche, poppy seed buns, wheat rolls, pretzel rolls, etc.
– The meat: all-beef, pork, pork and beef, bratwurst, venison, turkey, chicken, veggie, cheese-filled, etc.
– The sauces: ketchup, mustard (brown, traditional yellow and Dijon), hot sauce, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, A1 sauce, horseradish, Sriracha, etc.
– The toppings: pickles, lettuce, relish, sauerkraut, cheese, coleslaw, chili, bacon, diced onions, guacamole, jalapeño peppers, scallions, etc.
Popular styles of of hot dogs:
– Chicago Style: poppy seed bun + tomato + onion + pickle + relish + mustard + celery salt
– Los Angeles Style: plain bun + chili + onions + ketchup + mustard
– New York Style: plain bun + sauerkraut + mustard + sweet red onions
– Kansas City Style: sesame seed bun + sauerkraut + Swiss cheese
– Texas Style: Monterey Jack cheese + jalapeños + chunky salsa
– Atlanta Style: coleslaw
– Sonorans: bolillo roll + bacon-wrapped frank + pinto beans + tomato + onion + jalapeños + salsa verde + mustard + mayo
– Frito Dog: chili cheese + jalapeños + Fritos
– Reuben Dog: pastrami-wrapped frank + sauerkraut + Swiss cheese + Thousand Island dressing
– BLT Dog: bacon + lettuce + tomato+ mayo
Who doesn’t love a hot dog off the grill? Here are some helpful hot dog grilling tips:
- Before grilling a hot dog, thaw hot dogs in the refrigerator for 72 hours at an internal temp of 35 to 40 degrees.
- Grill hot dogs for 6-8 minutes over medium heat.
- Once hot dogs are grilled, they should be consumed within 3-5 days and kept in the fridge during this time.
Tired of boring hot dogs? Check out these jazzed up recipes:
- Combine two favorites with this Mac ‘n Cheese Hot Dog.
- This Easy Chili Dog is a crowd favorite.
- Enjoy the taste of a Pennsylvania favorite no matter where you are with this Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dog.
- Popable, snack-sized dogs are perfect for your kiddos with these Crescent Dogs.
- Bring a flavor kick to your table with these Western Hot Dogs.
- Deli Style Franks with Cheese & Bacon are topped with goodness and served with a side of spicy mustard and sweet relish.
- Get crunchin’ at your next backyard barbecue with these Crunchy Nachos Dogs.
- Can’t decide between a grilled cheese and a hot dog? You don’t have to with this Grilled Hot Dog Cheese Sandwich.
- Bite-sized foods are all the rave with these Chili Dog Minis.
- SuperPretzel Pretzel Dogs combine thick, tasty pretzels and juicy, bite-sized dogs for a handful of fun.
- They’re a county fair and festival favorite available in your very own kitchen – Mini Corn Dogs!
- Buffalo Mini Crescent Dogs bring a kick of big, spicy flavor in small, handheld snacks.
- Bring a restaurant favorite to your kitchen with Potato Dog Skins.
What’s your favorite kind of hot dog? Share with us in the comments below!